Hi there! I've loved cemeteries for as long as I can remember. I enjoy wandering around reading markers, taking pictures and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere.
July 2021: Little by little I'm manually transferring memorials that I've created over to Find A Grave (#8) to make it easier for others to take over the management of the memory of their loved ones. *** Happy to transfer memorials! Shoot me a request and consider it done. ***
My favorite Find A Grave activity is to add photos and flowers.
Thank you to everyone who has left flowers for my parents, much appreciated!
My beloved dad, Arn Burks - Not a day goes that I don't think of him. This year December 10, 2020 was his 36th Angel Day. He was fun to be with and had a great sense of humor; a wonderful person and parent. Love you, Dad! xo
My beautiful mom, Tillie Burks, gained her angel wings on April 17, 2017. I can hardly believe we've already marked her fourth Angel Day. She had endless strength and love, she lived her life to the fullest even when it was difficult to do so. Love and miss you, Mommy! xo
On 8/26/2020, after recently celebrating 20 years volunteering here on Find A Grave, I reached a personal milestone of 10,000 photos added. Kinda happy about that!
ABOUT ME: I returned to my hometown in Michigan in June 2014 to be my Mom's primary caregiver; she was a stroke survivor who navigated the world of dementia with humor and dignity. She died in April 2017. Now, I'm here to stay.
I enjoy "Find A Graving" at nearby cemeteries in White Lake, Commerce, Highland, Milford and Independence Township. I especially enjoy taking photos at All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, and at Glen Eden in Livonia where my parents and sister are buried.
My go to resource for researching older graves are the township cemetery transcripts published by the Oakland County Genealogical Society, invaluable field guides. Thank you OCGS!
I'm member of the White Lake Township Historical Society. I specialize in researching citizens buried in our township cemeteries.
GRAVEHUNTING RESUME: I've been drawn to cemeteries for as long as I can remember, having often played among the old tombstones at Oxbow Lakeside Cemetery while growing up in White Lake, Michigan.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 I began exploring celebrity graves as a hobby and along the way have been just as moved by the neighboring "civilian" headstones that surround and outnumber them. I met like-minded grave hunters when The Hollywood Underground Yahoo group was formed in 1998.
I ran the GrandViewMemorialPark.info website from 2007-2015 in order to keep the public informed about the ongoing closure/lawsuit story happening there in Glendale, Calif. The cemetery is now under new ownership and I am focusing on chronicling its 100+ year history.
Volunteers still work on updating the Grand View FindAGrave page and fulfilling photo requests.
Adventures in Grave Hunting is my cemetery-related blog. I haven't updated it in a while but the archives of old stories go back several years. I have a huge backlog of interesting stories just waiting to be told when I have more free time.
My first contribution to Find A Grave was in August 2000, in honor of my grave hunting buddy Denis Svoboda.
I collect vintage photographs of grave markers and of people posing in cemeteries, wondering about the stories behind the snapshots. I like to match them with Find A Grave memorials that are already online, virtually reuniting loved ones whose pictures somehow ended up for sale here and there. See the evolving results here.
For my own "string on my finger" reference: Use a period after names where only an initial is known.
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